Mrs. Anderson's 4th-grade class has been enjoying science this year. We have been learning all about what energy is, how it is transferred, and how we use it in our everyday lives. The Springville Power Department sent each 4th grader a booklet and a pencil about electrical circuits and safety. It was great to connect what we are learning to our everyday lives and our community!
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6th graders had the chance to draw a monster, and then describe it. All of the descriptions were shuffled to different classes and other students had to draw what they read in the description. Students got together to see how well they described their monsters and tried to match them. It was a fun writing and art project to see the importance of good details.
We finished up our first science unit all about weather and climate patterns this past week. One of the things we learned about was natural disasters. We talked about hurricanes, what causes them to be so powerful, and how they can affect houses and other structures. We then built our own structures and tested them against our "hurricane" (fan). We tested them at three different speeds from one to three meters away. We built some pretty strong structures because all of them survived!
Today in Mrs Kadish's class, the students learned about the Fall season. They learned that there are signs they can notice that help them know that Fall is here. The students walked around the school with clipboards and marked down every time they noticed something about Fall. Some things they looked for were, leaves changing colors, leaves falling down, jackets, rakes, and pumpkins. It was a fun day!
We recently used our library time to learn about an awesome modern author, Jerry Pallotta. He has written many beautiful and interesting picture books, but the favorites around here are the books in his non-fiction Who Would Win? series. In each book, Jerry pairs up two different animals for a pretend battle, like killer whale vs. great white shark, polar bear vs. grizzly bear, and tyrannosaurus vs. velociraptor. The books teach facts about each animal, and the reader can use this information to predict who would win at the end.
Mrs. Oman’s class had a wonderful time celebrating Halloween. They Read Creepy Carrots by Aaron Reynolds. Then as tables/ teams they participated in a STEM activity- building a fence out of carrots and toothpicks to keep the Creepy Carrots in. It was impressive to see the students work together and think of multiple ways to complete this task.
Each 4th grade class has been working hard learning a readers theater called,”Invasion from Mars.” It was fun to see the creativity of the students as they made props, practiced lines, and helped the play come together. Each 4th grade class invited a different 3rd grade class in to watch the play. The students had so much fun performing for other students. It was a rewarding experience and they already want to do another!